Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (April 11) secured a murder indictment against a New Orleans man accused of fatally shooting a woman who was found inside a burning sport utility vehicle last June in the St. Roch neighborhood.
Charles Taylor Jr. was charged with the second-degree murder of 44-year-old Trina Mercadel and with obstructing justice in homicide investigation in the indictment handed up by an Orleans Parish grand jury. Taylor faces a mandatory lifetime prison sentence if found guilty as charged of Mercadel’s murder.
Criminal District Judge Camille Buras left unchanged Taylor’s $300,000 bond amount after the indictment was read.
Mercadel was found inside a burning SUV in the 3200 block of Deer Street at 5:30 a.m. on June 9, 2018. The Orleans Parish Coroner’s office identified the victim and determined the mother of four and grandmother of seven had been shot to death.
Assistant District Attorney Inga Petrovich presented the case to the grand jury.
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